• Our name: MIREU  미르  (Korean Dragon '용/룡 (미르) - Yong/Ryong, In pure Korean, known as 'Mireu')

    Dragons in Korean mythology are mostly viewed as benevolent beings related to water and agriculture - Ancient texts sometimes mention sentient speaking dragons, capable of understanding such complex emotions such as devotion, kindness, and gratitude.  Living in a Iowa, being an agricultural state, wanting our school to have strong values that welcome everyone, develop unity amongst our students and others, show's our devotion to teaching the art, radiates kindness and gratitude this name seemed very fitting.  

  • Justin Matthews   

    Licensed Massage Therapist, Reiki Master-Teacher, Kirtan Wallah

    Justin graduated from East-West School of Massage & Integrative Medicine’s Advanced Massage Therapy program with a focus in Medical Massage.
    His goal has been to develop an integrative approach to holistic wellness that combines many techniques that optimize effectiveness and heighten the overall experience.
    This approach intends to seek out the source of potential ailments, developing an interactive method that approaches a person as whole. This methodology gives way to a system of wellness that has a lasting effect and increases well being long after the appointment or class has ended.
    In January of 2017, Justin became a certified Reiki Master Practitioner and Teacher through Mary Thompson, a highly respected local Senior Reiki Master-Teacher based out of Illuminations in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Justin also had an opportunity to seek further study in December of 2017 with Rupa Majmudar, a highly respected Senior Reiki Master-Teacher based out of Sivananda Yoga Ashram in Ahmedabad, India. This fulfilled a desire to develop a deeper understanding of the body’s energetic system and how it can be used to interpret imbalances within the body.
    Justin has shared his love of education through various teaching assistant opportunities, he was most involved with a course through the University of Iowa developed by Dede Dancing, a local Massage Therapy practitioner and the owner of Dancing Prairie Massage Therapy College. This course was geared towards assisting University of Iowa Medical students with surface anatomy, palpation techniques and overall interpersonal interaction.
    This class has proven to be a very effective means towards improving medical understanding, but has also aided in bridging the gap between Massage Therapy and the Western medical profession.
    Justin also began teaching Personal Wellnness and Eastern Studies at Dancing Prairie Massage Therapy College in June of 2018.
    In November of 2017, Justin took a 6-month sabbatical to study Yoga, Reiki and Vedic philosophy in India. During this time period Justin lived in various ashrams throughout India, having an opportunity to study under multiple highly respected Indian Gurus. Most notably Justin spent two months studying with world renowned Yoga Guru Swami Adyatmanandji of Sivananda Yoga Ashram in Ahmedabad, India. During this time Justin received a 225 Hour Yoga Teacher Certification through Gujarat University. This time period of living in a spiritual community allowed for him to deepen his own spiritual practices and understanding, so that these ancient teachings may be integrated into every aspect of his life as a teacher, person & holistic healthcare practitioner.
    Justin’s hope is to nurture a greater sense of well-being within the community, raising awareness of each person’s own roles in manifesting wellness for themselves and in interpersonal relationships. Through our collaboration as a community unified in our mission to nurture a healthier way of life, we believe that we can truly make the world a better place.